FCP Workflow for 24p
I have FCP 5.02 on a dual 2GHz G5
After much hair-pulling and scouring all the websites I could find, I finally came up with a workflow that works.
Here's what needs to happen:
1) you need to import correctly from the camera into FCP
2) you need to remove pulldown from the footage - this can't be done in FCP
3) you need to create a new sequence that will play nice with the pulldown-removed clip
Seems pretty simple, but if there's a mistake at any point along the way, it won't work properly.
I have taken info from various sites and after trial and error came up with the following:
IMPORTING FROM HV20:
Use Easy Setup (Final Cut Pro menu - Easy Setup) and select "HDV - 1080i60"
create a new project
import your footage
(You should be able to play the footage in the default sequence with no rendering at this point. Still need to do some pulldown removal for 24p, though, so don't be too happy.)
Save your project.
You can do this by hand in Compressor, but I have no idea how.
For simplicity, use JES_DeInterlacer (free - download at http://www.xs4all.nl/~jeschot/home.html)
Select the file you just imported into FCP (it will be in "Capture Scratch" somewhere).
check "Top field first"
DON'T check "Progressive"
leave all else as is
select "Inverse telecine" from the drop-down and use the defaults
I do nothing here - feel free to experiment
OUTPUT field: (this is where I hit a wall)
down in "Video Output" select "Direct" and choose "Apple Intermediate Codec" from the drop-down. There's lots of talk online about using "Photo-JPEG", but I could never get that to play nice with FCP, so I recommend using AIC.
Hit "OK" and wait for it to do it's thing - it does 2 passes per clip, and it's pretty fast.
BACK IN FCP:
Import the clip you just cleaned up with JES (it makes a new clip and adds "proj" to the original clip name).
Set up a NEW SEQUENCE (Apple-N) and then control-click on it and select "Settings"
Aspect Ratio: HD (1440x1080) (16x9)
Pixel Aspect Ratio: HD (1440x1080)
Compressor: Apple Intermediate Codec
That ought to do it. You can drag your clip into that sequence and there should be no rendering needed.
My problem was that I was following all the advice online and using "Photo-JPEG", but it would not behave in FCP. I always had to render. I think it has something to do with the Aspect Ratio being 1920x1080 and the Pixel Aspect Ratio being "Square" when I used that. If someone knows how to make that behave, please post.
Please add any corrections, improvements, etc. to this workflow. I hope this is helpful to folks!